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Down The TBR Hole #2

Down_The_TBR_HoleHi everyone!
Today I’m going to join the “Down The TBR Hole”, a meme by Lia @ Lost In A Story, checking 10 books on my TBR and trying to get rid of the ones I’m not going to read any time soon!

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Since I have all the books I want to read now in the first 35 books on the shelf I’m going to start from there:

 

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Review: A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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Hi everyone!
I’ve finished this book a loooong time ago, then school started and i completely forgot about it. So now I’m so excited to post this review, because finally a 5 star read!! Also I read this book with Chloe @Blushing Bibliophile, go check her review here!

 

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  • Genre: YA, Fantasy
  • Pages: 399
    • My rating: ⭐ out of 5!
    • Plot: Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

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REVIEW

First of all THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST FANTASY BOOKS EVER!

This is a really engaging novel even if it is, for me, a little bit slow paced. I could describe this book with just one word VITARI (for you, mundane, it means magic in arnesian). The plot is slow in the beginning, but the characters and world were more than enough to keep me interested in the story. The action picks up a lot toward the end and I read the majority of this book in one day.

The writing  is AMAZING it’s a little bit more complex than the normal books (that I read), in fact at the beginning I struggled a little bit to get into the plot without thinking about what I was reading. She has an amazing and original voice. I also took note of quotes as always, but this time I also “post-it-ed” so many descriptions and paragraphs that were amazingly written. English is not my mother tongue and I think this book actually improved my english, in fact as I kept reading I got used to the writing and got into it!

For example read this:

The vivid glamour of the world outside paled in comparison to the world within. It was a palace of vaulting glass and shimmering tapestry and, women though it all like light, magic. The air was alive with it. Not […], but a loud, bright encompassing thing. Kell had told Lila that magic was like an extra sense, layered on top of sight and smell and taste, and now she understood. It was everywhere. In everything. And it was intoxicating She could not tell if the energy was coming from the hundreds of bodies in the room, or from the room itself, which certainly reflected it. Amplified it like sound in an echoing chamber.
And it was strangely – impossibly – familiar.
Beneath the magic, or perhaps because of it, the space itself was alive with color and light. …read the book to continue reading :)

The book isn’t actaully full of descriptions, but I really wanted to show this one, without any spoilers. I think she deserves a prize just for this, okay??

 

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I usually don’t like fantasy, but this convinced me to get more into this genre! I don’t like fantasy things when they’re all great and fluffy and there is a villain, that’s isn’t really complex or at least 3D. But with this book there’s a darker shade of magic with a lot of adventure!

The worldbuilding is amazing and intricate! In the book there are three Londons and a destroyed one, which are similar but different at the same time. Grey London is were the mundanes live and is your version of the Victorian London. Red London is full of magic an it’s like it is full of hufflepuffs and gryffindors and it smells like flowers. White London is ruled by two siblings, it is full of people who crave power and it smells like metal. The last London destroyed and sealed from the others London is Black London where magic took the power and destroyed the city.

“I’m not going to die,” she said. “Not till I’ve seen it.”
“Seen what?”
Her smile widened. “Everything.”

Characters

Notice! “New crushes and role models ahead!”

The novel deals with Kell who is an Antari, someone who can travel between worlds. He’s a part of the Red London’s royal family and his best friend is Rhy the prince of his London. Then there is Lila a Grey London’s adventurous lady, a wanted thief and an aspiring pirate.

This is one of my notes I took while reading: I really really really really really really really like Kell, you know what Rhy as well… A better version of Carly Rae Jepsen’s song I Really Like You.

The design has been created by Will Staehle and I love it so much! So extra points for that!

I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.

 

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Final thoughts This book was such an adventure, a little bit slow-paced, engaging and magical. The only thing that disappointed me is that I don’t have many feels for it, but it’s okay, IT’S STILL AMAZING!

I’m looking forward to buy the next book and I want to know more, his background story I want to know more about Lila as well! Also I want more fanart and a more active fandom!

By the way did you know that Rick Riordan reviewed it? Can you believe it?? Because I can’t!

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FINAL RATINGS

  • Plot: 5 out ot 5
  • Design: 5 out of 5
  • Characters: 5 out of 5
  • Writing: 5 out of 5 (AMAZING)
  • Interest: 5 out of 5
  • The Feels and emotions: 4 out of 5
  • Ending: 5 out of 5

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QUIZ ON BUZZFEED

Last but not least I also found a quiz on buzzfeed which tells you “Which London do you actually belong in?

And I got…. Red London!ADSOMM

 

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So what do you think about the book? Have you read it?

 

Thank you for reading,

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Blog Tour: The West Woods by Suzy Vadori + excerpt and GIVEAWAY

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Hi everyone!
I’m so excited to join this tour about the book The West Woods by Suzy Vadori.  In this post there are the various infos, an excerpt and a giveaway!

 

The West Woods Cover Reveal - Suzy Vadori Aug 8 2017About the book The West Woods:
  • Release date: September 22nd 2017
  • Publisher: Evil Alter Ego Press
  • Genre: YA
  • Plot: Magic, sacrifice and the quest for freedom.Courtney Wallis wants nothing more than to escape St. Augustus boarding school. After uncovering a well-kept secret about the school’s founder, Isaac Young, Courtney turns to the school’s magic to convince her dad to let her leave. Things take a turn when she meets Cole, who lives in the nearby town of Evergreen. He gives her hope that things might not be so bad. However, the school’s fountain has other ideas, and binds Courtney to her ambition, no matter the cost.
    As Courtney struggles to keep the magic from taking over, she and her friends get drawn into the mystery woven into the school’s fabric. Everything seems to lead back to the forbidden West Woods. Together, she and her friends seek out the spirits of the past to ask for help, and find themselves in much deeper than they’d bargained for.  If they succeed, Courtney could be free of the magic. If they fail, she may never be the same.
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Friday Lines #5: A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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Hi everyone!

Friday lines is a weekly meme where I post both Book Beginning on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence of the book, along with your impressions and Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice where you grab a book and turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader; Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.

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This week’s book is A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab:

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Blog Tour: The Book Knights + Interview and Giveaway

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Hi everyone!
I’m so excited to join this tour about the book The Book Knights by J.G. McKenney.  In this post there are the various infos, an interview and a giveaway!

 

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  • Release date: July 5, 2017
  • Publisher: J.G. McKenney
  • Pages: 272
  • Formats: Paperback and Ebook
  • Plot: From the award winning author of EON’S DOOR comes an Arthurian tale like no other. When her parents are condemned to death by Morgan Fay for the crime of reading, Arti Penderhagen becomes a fugitive. Hunted by Mordred, the sadistic police captain who recites poetry to enhance his physical strength, Arti escapes to the Isle of Avalon, a sanctuary for outlaws. There she meets an old librarian named Merl who tells her about the Grail Tome, an ancient book in Morgan Fay’s possession that can alter the course of history. Can Arti steal the book in time to save her family?THE BOOK KNIGHTS is a fantasy adventure in which knights wield words as weapons, librarians are wizards, and books can change the future.
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Joined by Mara Gan Blog Tour + Excerpt and Giveaway

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Hi everyone!
I’m so excited to join this tour about the book Joined by Mara Gan.  In this post there are the various infos, an excerpt and a giveaway!


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  • Release date: September 12th 2017
  • Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
  • Genre: YA/NA, Sci-fi, Romance
  • Plot: Duty and prophecy get in the way of everything.
    All I ever wanted to do was read my books, play my sports, and help people. Life and prophecy had other things in mind.
    Helping people is what I do; as an empath and semi-frequent telepath, I can easily sense and understand people’s needs and emotions. Sometimes even before they do. Being able to read everyone’s thoughts and feelings all the time can drive me crazy with anxiety, but that moment when I can finally make someone’s life better makes everything worth it.Unfortunately, I’m also the next in line to rule the galaxy, I’m the only diplomat most planets will listen to, assassins try to kill me on an annoyingly regular basis, and a much-vauntedProphecy has decreed that I’m going to die. Oh, and someone blew up my home planet. Kind of a lot to deal with, right?Too bad I just got another problem: a big, irritating, overbearing bodyguard with serious anger management issues.
    And I think I’m falling for him.
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Down The TBR Hole #1

Down_The_TBR_HoleHi everyone!
Today I’m going to join the “Down The TBR Hole” a meme by Lia @ Lost In A Story, checking 10 books on my TBR and trying to get rid of the ones I’m not going to read any time soon!

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Since I have all the books I want to read now in the first 35 books on the shelf I’m going to start from there:

 

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Anything But Books Tag

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Hi everyone!
I’ve been tagged by The Night Reader to do the Anything But Books Tag, thank you so much! 💕

Name a cartoon that you love.

My favorite cartoon is Steven Universe! It’s so cute, adventuorous, meaningful and exciting! It’s about this kid, Steven, his father, his friend Connie and the crystal gems!!

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What is your favourite song right now?

My favorite song is… ALL THE SONGS BY DODIE CLARK, SHE IS A M A Z I N G!! My favorite right now is Sick Of Loosing Soulmates because with this one I picked up my father’s guitar and learned by myself to play the song!

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What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?

Listen to Dodie’s music, draw random people and flowers, write for my blog 😊, eat and sleep!

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What is something that you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

I really don’t know… what would surprise you? I want to know!

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What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?

Probably how things work and what they are made of… for example did you know that twins at birth have the same fingerprints, but as they grow up the fingerprints get different because of their interaction with the world?

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What is something unusual that you know how to do?

I can touch my forearm with my thumb and I can make my eyes shake very fast! I know, I’m weird

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Name something you made last year and show us if you can.

I don’t know? I’m sorry!

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What is your most recent personal project?

Re-starting my blog! Check this post to see more.

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Tell us something you think about often.

What people think of me, what might happen (mainly bad things) and school…

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Give us something that is your favourite.

My piano?? I’m getting a new one and I know it’s gonna be great! I’m going to study with my old teacher, that I love. I go there and play when I’m happy or sad, on my chair too tall for me and play, play and play, till my hands tremble, because I’ve been playing too much for hours and hours, playing my favorite songs, by amazing author, from Bach to Yiruma, from Mozart to Yann Tiersen, as if my hands are going by themeselves and for me it’s one of my safe places, where I can be myself!

(I also actually played during an earthquake)

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Say the first thing that pops into your head.

*gosh I don’t know* SUNFLOWER… I have one in front of me!

And that’s it! I don’t really know who to tag so if you want to do it, well… I’m tagging you!

Also I’m tagging:

Thank you for reading,

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Mini review: Hollow City Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Jane

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Hi everyone!
I recently finished Hollow City, The Graphic Novel and this is my mini review!

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Hollow City, the graphic novel by Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Jean
  • Genre: YA, Fantasy, Graphic Novels
  • Pages: 272
  • My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5
  • Plot: After fleeing an army of terrible monsters, Jacob Portman and his peculiar friends find themselves lost at sea, but the only person who might be able to get them ashore safely, their illustrious headmistress Miss Peregrine, is stuck in the form of a bird! Hoping to find a way to get Miss Peregrine back to normal–or as normal as a peculiar can get–the children journey to London. But no matter where they go, trouble lurks after them… Cassandra Jean’s evocative visuals once again work seamlessly with Hollow City’s vintage photographs and Ransom Rigg’s twisting fantasy narrative to make for a wholly immersive reading experience for fans of the original novels, fans graphic novels, and fans of reading great stories alike!

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Blog Tour: Cinderella Necromancer + Interview and Giveaway

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Hi everyone!
I’m so excited to join this tour about the book Cinderella Necromancer by F.M. Boughan.  In this post there are the various infos, an interview and a giveaway!

CinderellaNecromancerAbout the book Cinderella Necromancer:

  • Release date: 5th of September 2017
  • Publisher: Month9Books, LLC
  • Pages: 324
  • Formats: Paperback and Ebook
  • Plot: CINDERELLA,NECROMANCER is CHIME meets ANNA, DRESSED IN BLOOD and was inspired by a real medieval grimoire of necromancy from 15th-century Germany.
    Ellison lost her mother at an early age. But since then, her father has found love again. He’s happy and doesn’t quite notice that Ellison does not get along with his new wife or her mean daughters.
    When Ellison discovers a necromantic tome while traveling the secret passages of her father’s mansion, she wonders if it could be the key to her freedom.
    Until then, she must master her dark new power, even as her stepmother makes her a servant in her own home. And when her younger brother falls incurably ill, Ellison will do anything to ease his pain, including falling prey to her stepmother and stepsisters’ every whim and fancy.
    Stumbling into a chance meeting of Prince William during a secret visit to her mother’s grave feels like a trick of fate when her stepmother refuses to allow Ellison to attend a palace festival.
    But what if Ellison could see the kind and handsome prince once more? What if she could attend the festival? What if she could have everything she ever wanted and deserved by conjuring spirits to take revenge on her cruel stepmother?
    As Ellison’s power grows, she loses control over the evil spirits meant to do her bidding. And as they begin to exert their own power over Ellison, she will have to decide whether it is she or her stepmother who is the true monster.

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About F.M. Boughan: 

F.M. Boughan is a bibliophile, a writer, and an unabashed parrot enthusiast. She can often be found writing in local coffee shops, namely because it’s hard to concentrate with a cat lying on the keyboard and a small, colorful parrot screaming into her ear. Her work is somewhat dark, somewhat violent, somewhat hopeful, and always contains a hint of magic.

You can follow Faith on Twitter (@FaithBoughan) for plenty of flailing about food (she likes to cook!), TV shows (she watches too many), and world dance (did you know she’s been performing & instructing in Bollywood-style dance for over 8 years?). Or catch her on Facebook where she just might post pictures of her adorable cat & bird… among other things. F.M. Boughan is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman.

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Interview

Arvenig: Hello, could you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

F.M. Boughan: Hi! I’m a Canadian author who hates cold weather, loves humidity, and hence is probably living in the wrong climate. Oh well! I share a home with an ornery sun conure parrot, a co-dependent cat, and an unflappable bunny. Uh, and my husband. I went to school for a Classical Studies and Near Eastern archaeology degree, which I promptly ignored to write books instead. FUN!

A.: When did you begin writing and when did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

F.: In grade one (that’s “first grade” for you American types), I wrote a book about an alien who lived on Mars and ate a lot of chocolate bars. Yes, it rhymed. Yes, I loved it (still do, tbh). Basically, I’ve wanted to be a writer since the moment I knew that was a thing people did.

A.: What book/books or author/authors have had a strong influence on you or your writing?

F.: This is a tough question, because I feel like every book I read teaches me something—and I read a lot. But if I had to dig really deep, I’d say that Holly Lisle had a major influence during the period directly leading up to writing CINDERELLA, NECROMANCER. After I decided to get serious about writing as a career, I took her two “big courses,” How to Think Sideways and How to Revise Your Novel. They were incredibly formative and I still use many of the techniques I learned there.
Stephen King’s On Writing also changed the way I think about my relationship to the written word. As for just straight-up author influences, I actually think Karen Marie Moning’s early books in her Fever series taught me a ton about taking risks with your characters and story direction—that no risk is too great. Go ahead and burn the entire world down if the story needs it, for example. It makes for a heck of a ride afterward.

A.: Give us an insight into your main character. What does she do that is so special?

F.: I think what makes Ellison special to me is her perseverance, regardless of how terrifying and awful her situation becomes. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep her family safe, even when she’s not sure it’s the right thing. But she tries and tries and then tries again, and refuses to compromise or give up. There’s no fairy godmother coming to save her in this story, so it’s up to Ellison to get the job done.

A.: What do you think most characterizes your writing?

F.: Honestly, I’m hoping readers will tell me that! I’d like to think I write with a distinct voice and infuse my stories with hope—despite the darkness—but I suppose time will tell whether readers feel the same way.

A.: Is there a message in your story that you want readers to grasp?

F.: Wherever we are in our lives, no matter the situation, no matter how dark or dire or how hard it may be, we can be a force for good. We can take action to instigate change. Yes, it may cost us dearly. Yes, we may lose friends and loved ones. But we have to choose: Do the easy thing, or do the right thing?

A.: What are you working on at the moment?

F.: Another book… that I can’t say much about. Sorry! But it’s another YA fantasy, possibly just as “dark but hopeful.” That’s the intention, anyway!

A.:Thank you so much for letting me interview you, any last thoughts for our readers?

F.: Thank you for having me, and thank you to YOU, reader, for taking the time to read this interview and to consider reading CINDERELLA, NECROMANCER! I love hearing from readers and seeing your book photos, so feel free to connect with me on Twitter (@FaithBoughan) or tag me in your bookstagram shots on Instagram (@boughanfire).

 

Do you want to see more about this book tour? Check the other blogs that are hosting this!

8/21/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Interview
8/21/2017- Book Briefs– Review
8/22/2017- Nadaness In Motion – Excerpt
8/22/2017- Darque Dreamer Reads– Review
8/23/2017- rabid readers book blog– Excerpt
8/23/2017- The Desert Bibliophile– Review
8/24/2017- Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog– Guest Post
8/24/2017- Books, Boys, and Blogs– Review
8/25/2017- Tara’s Book Addiction– Spotlight
8/25/2017- Bibliobibuli YA– Review
8/28/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post
8/28/2017- A Dream Within A Dream– Review
8/29/2017- Wandering Bark Books– Guest Post
8/29/2017- Portrait of a Book– Review
8/30/2017- Morbid Romantic– Excerpt
8/30/2017- A Weebish Book Blog– Review
8/31/2017- Arvenig.it– Interview
8/31/2017- Pandora’s Books- Review
9/1/2017- Rainy Day Reviews– Guest Post
9/1/2017- The Autumn Bookshelf Review

 

Giveaway

One winner will receive a finished copy of Cinderella Necromancer & a signed bookplate. The Giveaway ships wherever Book Depository ships.

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Thank  you for reading,
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